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The Northern Daily Leader (Tamworth, NSW : 1921), Thursday 6 January 1921

‘AUSTRALIA SUBDIVIDED.’

Some of the Parliamentarians who are interested in the New State movement, namely, Dr. E. Page, M.H.R., and Messrs. Drummond, Perdriau and Bruxner, M’s.L.A., are responsible for the production of “Australia Subdivided.”

The centralisation policy of a series of State Governments, which has been responsible for accumulating half the population of Australia into a few capital cities is trenchantly criticised, and an unnatural railway system is blamed for a large share of the stagnation which exists in connection with rural industries and development. It is shown that all the conveniences of civilisation, which are provided by the united resources of the State, are grouped round the capital cities.

The remedy indicated is subdivision of the present States into smaller areas, a simplified or provincial form of Government such as that of Canada, with local control of local resources and development, leaving all affairs of national importance in the hands of the central Government.

That the time is ripe for this is convincingly shown and an attempt is made to collect some of the startling facts and deductions which point unerringly to the wisdom of this conclusion.

The book is made interesting by its many maps, diagrams, illustrations and comparative tables, which afford valuable information as to what has been done in connection with the development of other and similar parts, of the world, and it provides much food for reflection for all those who are seriously interested in constitutional reform.

“Australia Subdivided” can be had from all stationers.

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